Student spotlight

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Girl in gym looking into the camera smiling We believe everyone should enjoy the benefits of good health and wellbeing, but it can be hard to stretch the budget to cover gym membership when you’re a student. However, our special student rates and flexible gym membership options makes it very affordable to stay fit. Here's what one of our student members had to...

Put your mental wellbeing first on World Mental Health Day

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I am Whole 2019 As cases of mental health difficulties among young people continue to rise, it is more important than ever to take time out to prioritise mental wellbeing. YMCA is calling on the nation to do just that by taking a WHOLE HOUR for themselves on World Mental Health Day (10 October). Following the success of its...

Get your fitness fix at all YMCA gyms this summer*!

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Artwork Instagram Post resize - Get your fitness fix at all YMCA gyms this summer*! YMCA GYM & GO: Your passport to fitness this summer YMCAs across the country are teaming up to offer all members and Pay As You Go** users the opportunity to access all YMCA health and wellbeing facilities across multiple centres. This includes gym and classes. So, if you are a member of any YMCA St...

Happy Birthday YMCA

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YMCA banner group We are celebrating 175 years since YMCA was established! Have you heard of George Williams? George was one of many young men who came to London to find work during the Industrial Revolution.  In 1844 George organised a prayer group in his lodgings near St Paul’s Churchyard. This was the very start of YMCA. People...

Focus on YMCA Wimbledon

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YMCA Wimbledon exterior

YMCA Wimbledon is centrally located on The Broadway in the heart of Wimbledon. It offers short term supported accommodation for young vulnerable people in its hostel. Resident and community activities are provided by the Community Activities Team, which include employment workshops and creative activities such as drama, poetry and the written word. We aim to…

26 years in YMCA Surbiton gym!

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image of two men who are gym buddies YMCA Health & Wellbeing Centres Joining a YMCA Health & Wellbeing Centre is the best way to feel great this summer. What makes YMCA Centres so special is that they are situated in the heart of communities. The centres are they modern, well equipped with dedicated staff.  They are vibrant social hubs. Local people can...

Staff & Volunteer Spotlight

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Picture of at Tai Chi instructor at YMCA Hawker

Paul Dunn is an instructor and volunteer at YMCA Hawker in Kingston, part of the YMCA St Paul’s Group, who teaches Tai Chi. We caught up with him to find out more about him and the work that Paul does within the organisation. Briefly describe what you do all day. I take two Tai Chi…

Celebrating Volunteers’ Week: Read Scott’s story.

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Male football coach on the pitch

Scott Chapman is a young person aged 23. He first came to YMCA four years ago as a resident at YMCA Hayes. Scott soon began to access the football and boxing sessions. He was keen to grasp the opportunities that came his way, and was offered a place on the Get on Track programme. This led…